I’m on my way to the yarn trade show in San Diego today (it’s a safe bet there will be Instagrams), but am leaving you with a Q and will be reading your responses at every opportunity. This Q came from Colleen in the comments recently, and it’s one of those where I’m sure people will have not only different opinions but delightfully idiosyncratic logic. Which I love. The question is: Do you sort your stash by weight or color?
The question assumes you have more yarn than will fit in a single allotted container. Mine is kept in 4 see-through plastic bins on a shelf in my laundry closet, and it is divided by weight. The first bin is my paltry stash of lace and fingering weight yarns along with some sport weight. Next is DK and lighter worsteds. Then heavier worsted and aran. Then last is the bulky and superbulky bin. Honestly, there’s more color in there than you might imagine. (Yellows and oranges and even some hot pink, oh my!) But when I go looking for yarn it’s because I want to knit a specific thing, which is defined by the idea or the pattern, not by the color. In other words, I don’t go looking for green or camel; I go looking for worsted or bulky. If the starting point is a specific yarn rather than a pattern, I presumably know what the weight of that yarn is, and thus where to find it.
(Unless it’s in my alternate special stash, where I keep sweater quantities and things yarn companies have sent me, which is all different weights and colors sharing a shelf. “It’ll be anarchy: cats and dogs living together.”)
So let’s hear it: Do you sort your stash and, if so, is it by weight, color, company, fiber, or what?
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